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Open Source Security Myths Dispelled

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itproportal.com: Many IT professionals can’t seem to shake off the belief that OSS is inherently risky unreliable and complex. I am going to examine the most common of these perceptions to highlight how the facts are very often the exact opposite to what people believe.

Open letter to standards professionals, developers, and activists

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: You’ve read how Microsoft drove its tank through the international standardization process last year and this year, finally winning ISO approval for its legacy OOXML format. The OOXML event proved that we’re in a real fight, and that money and power can break down the existing polite rules and agreements that constitute the international standardization process.

Could investor short-termism undermine open source?

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Matthew Aslett: There is a small, but growing, list of VCs that clearly understand the open source development and distribution models and the long-term profit potential of open source software vendors. Can the same be said of individual and institutional investors buying and selling shares in publicly traded software companies?

Life Without Open Source?

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ostatic.com: Let's face it, open source software runs the Internet. Without it we wouldn't have basic services like DNS, or even the web server that's sending you this page. I've been thinking about what life would be like without open source software.

OOXML outreach to Blender

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groklaw: Microsoft has just approached the Blender guys, and I would assume have or will approach other FOSS projects since we learn that Microsoft has assigned a guy to work with Open Source projects, with a request for information on how to make Blender run better on Windows.

A Word in Your Ear

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opendotdotdot.blogspot: A little while back I gave Peter Murray-Rust a hard time for daring to suggest that OOXML might be acceptable for archiving purposes. There are two issues here.

Looking for Mr. ISV

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linuxtoday.com: One thing's for sure; with all of this talk about "open source billionaires" out in the ether-web, clearly people have some high expectations of open source's profitability. Or low, depending on the point of view. Honestly, unlike every other technology pundit this week, I'm not looking too hard for the open source billionaires.

Read the Fine Print on "Open Source" Software

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ostatic.com: I read a story earlier this week about a company named Aras switching from a traditional proprietary model to one involving "open source." But then the article indicated that Aras was releasing its software under a "shared source" license that was written by Microsoft. Now, to anyone in the world of open-source software, the term "shared source" is a red flag.

Declaration of Lindependence

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lin08.wordpress: When in the course of digital events, it becomes necessary for the people to dissolve the proprietary bonds which have connected them with their computer operating systems and other proprietary software.

GNU and FSF News for May 2008

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advogato.org: Skype fought the GPL and the GPL won. The OLPC XO project abandons free software just as RMS switches to an XO; RMS not happy. New monthly newsletters from the FSF and FSFE. GNOME and KDE want to have a joint development conference in 2009.

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